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Inside FWISD July 23, 2020

In this edition:

Fort Worth ISD Will Not Reopen for Face-to-Face Instruction Until September 28: District Will Initially Offer Virtual Instruction This FallFort Worth ISD Online Registration Continues: Snapcode Lookup Tool Is On the District Website | Fort Worth ISD >>Forward Virtual Town Halls on Return to Learning To Be Held July 27-28 | FWISD Board Approves $7 Million In Return To School Purchases | FWISD Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment Underway | Spears Sees Something Special In FWISD | KRONOS Upgrade Slated August 13-16 | Food Available At Multiple Sites Through SeptemberInside FWISD Briefs | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Fort Worth ISD Will Not Reopen for Face-to-Face Instruction Until September 28

District Will Initially Offer Virtual Instruction This Fall

The Fort Worth Independent School District is modifying plans for the fall semester. Tarrant County Public Health officials have determined that the first six weeks of classes will take place virtually rather than in person. Face-to-face instruction will not begin until September 28.

“After close consultation with Tarrant County Public Health, a group of school leaders and public health officials have agreed to conduct the first six weeks of classes all online,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner.

Dr. Scribner has been meeting regularly with public health officials, as well as other local and state leaders on this matter. Fort Worth ISD will join other Tarrant County school districts in following the decision of public health physicians to postpone in-person instruction until the last week of September.

The public order, issued by “Local Health Authorities for Tarrant County” reads: “School systems shall not reopen for on campus, face-to-face instruction or activities until September 28."

“We believe the best place for a child to learn is in the classroom with a high-quality teacher,” Dr. Scribner went on to say. “We also know our current public health crisis is making that a challenge. We will bring students back to class once it is safe to do so. Until then, our online instruction for the 2020-21 fall semester will be robust, organized, and a consistent experience for all students.”

District leaders have said the 2020-21 school year will begin, as scheduled, on August 17. That timeline is still in place as of now.

Under the banner, “Fort Worth ISD Forward,” the District will continue to share information about plans on the FWISD website, social media, and other public platforms. The 24-page document released on Monday will be the blueprint for online instruction on August 17, and in-person instruction on September 28.

Fort Worth ISD Online Registration Continues

Snapcode Lookup Tool Is On the District Website

Parents, the Fort Worth ISD is modifying plans for the fall semester, and we're asking you to register your students for the 2020-2021 school year. Tarrant County Health officials have decided the first six weeks of classes will take place virtually rather than in person. Face-to-face instruction will not begin until September 28.

You will not have to choose between in-person and online instruction during the current registration process. However, as we approach the end of September, you will be asked to make a decision between virtual or in-person. Until then, your child will be enrolled for virtual instruction.

If you still need a Snapcode for your student's online registration, please use our new Snapcode lookup tool at www.fwisd.org/register. All online registration resources are listed on that page.

Parents who’ve already registered need do nothing more right now; school begins August 17.

Fort Worth ISD >>Forward Virtual Town Halls on Return to Learning To Be Held July 27-28

The Fort Worth ISD will hold two virtual town hall meetings-- on Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28 for parents, teachers, students and the community stakeholder to ask questions and hear from District leaders on plans for the 2020-2021 fall semester. fwrd1

Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and FWISD Board President Jacinto Ramos Jr. will host both meetings and will be joined by other trustees at each event. Monday’s session will be conducted in Spanish and Tuesday’s will be in English.

Each meeting will start at 5 p.m. and continue to 7 p.m. The Zoom webinar will be simulcast on the Fort Worth ISD Facebook page as a Facebook live event.

The Monday, July 27 meeting will be available at www.fwisd.org/27julio. In addition to the superintendent and board president, hosts will include District 5 Trustee C.J. Evans and District 8 Trustee Anael Luebanos.

On the Tuesday, July 28 meeting -- available at www.fwisd.org/July28 -- District 3 Trustee Quinton “Q” Phillips and District 7 Trustee Norman Robbins will join Dr. Scribner and President Ramos.

Details on how to participate with live questions, as well as more information about the format, will be shared very soon.

FWISD Board Approves $7 Million in Return to School Purchases

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education has authorized $7.1 million in safety and connectivity purchases for this upcoming academic year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The purchases were approved at a virtual board meeting, Tuesday, July 21.

Most of the purchases will be supported with money from the District’s general fund. FWISD intends to submit some of the purchases for partial reimbursement from FEMA emergency funds under the CARES Act, according to board documents. District officials say the purchases are vital to the opening of schools for the 2020-2021 academic year. An order issued Tuesday by the “Local Health Authorities for Tarrant County” states that “School systems shall not reopen for on campus, face-to-face instruction or activities until September 28." The District will start the school year virtually, Monday, August 17.

The purchases authorized Tuesday include:

  • $2.4 million for 10,000 additional internet hotspots for students that will include a 12-month COVID-19 agreement and CIPA filtering (Purchases will be funded with general and special revenue funds)
  • Nearly $1 million for plexiglass workspace partitions to “create a safe barrier”
  • More than $3.7 million for PPE, cleaning products, fogging machines, hand sanitizer stations and dispensers and touch-free infrared thermometers

For additional details, view the July 21 board agenda at www.fwisd.org/board and view a recording of the recent board meeting on the Fort Worth ISD Live You Tube page.

FWISD Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment Underway

The Fort Worth ISD insurance benefits open enrollment is currently underway for employees.

Launched Tuesday, open enrollment will continue through August 21. Coverage changes take effect September 1.

There will be no in-person benefit open enrollment sessions this year. However, employees will have opportunities to learn about the benefits available to them, ask questions and receive assistance completing enrollment for 2020-2021 benefits via phone and virtually.

Employees with questions about benefits are encouraged to email Benefits@fwisd.org.

The following letter about the District's Benefits Open Enrollment period was shared with FWISD employees last week.

Spears sees something special in FWISd

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

One drive down Main Street is all it took for Kermit Spears to feel like he finally arrived in Texas. And that’s after living in the Lone Star State since 2006.

“I’ve been in Texas for a while, but for the first time I felt like I was actually in Texas,” said Spears, Fort Worth ISD’s new Chief Talent Officer, with a laugh. “The buildings are so eclectic. It feels western. The boutique stores and antique shops, it has a really cool feel. You don’t really realize the history until you go down Main Street and you see the Fort Worth Stockyards.”

Spears, 54, made his way to “Where the West Begins” after six highly-successful and transformational years as Chief Human Resources Officer at Fort Bend ISD. He worked closely with Cynthia Rincón, currently FWISD’s Chief Legal Counsel, during his time in Fort Bend, and she played an instrumental role in Spears’ decision to relocate.

Rincón served as FWISD’s Chief of Human Capital Management before moving into her new position.

“We worked very well together, and I thought that us working together in Fort Worth we could be able to really do some cool things and attract some good talent for the organization,” Spears said. “I saw nothing but a great opportunity.”

Spears previously spent time in HR departments with Dell Computers, Sony and Harrah’s Casinos, as well as six years in the Navy. He’s fashioned a career around leadership, team building and recruiting talented people. His goals for FWISD are built around those experiences.

“Attracting the right talent and getting them here is probably the most critical thing we can do in any organization, and it would truly benefit our students and prepare them for success in college, career and community leadership.”

“I’ve been able to meet the team and I have been really impressed with the people I work with,” he said. “I like their energy, their commitment to their students, how they are open to change and making sure they provide an organization that helps our students.

“I just think we have very talented people in Fort Worth ISD, and they’re all focused on making sure they create the right environment for our students to be successful. I feel and the see the commitment.”

Spears was born in New Orleans and grew up in the Los Angeles area. He is married to author/ motivational speaker Niki Spears, and together they have three daughters and one granddaughter, plus an English Bulldog named Luke.

Kronos Upgrade Slated August 13-16

The Fort Worth ISD Kronos system will undergo an upgrade August 13-16.

While District employees can still use the clocks to punch in and out for work, other functionalities of the system will be unavailable and offline during the upgrade, according to Business and Finance officials. The upgrade addresses Adobe Flash, which is being discontinued. Minimal changes will be made to the user interface.

Kronos will be back online, Monday, August 17.

Additional details about the upgrade will be shared with employees by Monday, August 10.

Employees with questions or concerns about the upgrade are encouraged to contact the District via Let’s Talk! and click on the Kronos Access/Questions tab.

Food Available At Multiple Sites Through September

Multiple organizations across Fort Worth are offering food to help families through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with multiple organizations to share information and organize food distribution events for families.

The Fort Worth ISD continues to offer free breakfast and lunch Meals To Go to children under 18 twice weekly from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 18 District locations. Adults may pick up meals for students if they can show documents verifying students are in the household. For more information, please visit www.summerfood.org or call the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3540 or 817-814-3500.

Food is available at these locations throughout September 2020:

Food Distribution

1. Monday through Friday, 4- 5:30 p.m.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County

Eastside Branch, 4651 Ramey Ave.

Main Branch, 608 N. Elm St., Arlington

Martin Branch, 3123 Avenue G

NFW Branch, 2000 Ellis Ave.

Panther Branch, 1500 Hemphill

Curbside individually packaged meals and snacks are available for free to children ages 18 and younger while supplies last at Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County branch locations. Weekly at home learn resources will also be distributed with each meal.

Contact LaToyia Greyer at LGreyer@bgcgtc.org for more information.

2. Monday through Friday, Times vary throughout the summer

Tarrant Area Food Bank Grab-And-Go Meals for Children

Multiple Locations

The Tarrant Area Food Bank is hosting Grab-And-Go Meals for Children events and Mobile Food Pantries for Families throughout the summer at multiple locations.

Need Food Assistance? Call 817-534-0814 to speak with a live representative about access to nutritious food near you. Visit http://tafb.org/find-food for details on where to find food countrywide.

3. Monday and Wednesday, Times vary throughout mid-August

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Summer Meals

Multiple Locations

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is serving free meals to youth 18 and under at multiple branch locations. Children will receive meals for multiple days. Learn more here.

4. Friday, July 24, 9-11 a.m.

Rosemont Middle School

1501 W. Seminary Drive

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

5. Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m.-Noon

Broadway Baptist Church

305 W. Broadway Ave.

Drive-through, contact-free food distribution includes free, fresh food.

Everyone is welcome! No paperwork or qualification required.

Boxes of 25-28 pounds contain produce and dairy items: milk, butter, yogurt, cream, lettuce, potatoes and onions.

Contact Peter Nelson, director of Community Ministry, at 817-336-5761 for more information.

6. Tuesday, July 28, 9 a.m.

J. Martin Jacquet Middle School

2501 Stalcup Road

The FWISD Family Action Center hosts weekly Family Drive-Through Food Box Distribution events. Approximately 1,000 boxes are distributed weekly. Food is available while supplies last.

Email carlos.walker@fwisd.org for additional details.

7. Tuesday, July 28, 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Haltom City

The Wisdom Center

4051 Denton Highway, Haltom City

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

8. Wednesday, July 29, 10a.m.-1 p.m.

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Drive-through, free food distribution.

Everyone welcome. No residential requirements.

Call 817-473-1236 for additional details

9. Friday, July 31, 9-11 a.m.

Leonard Middle School

8900 Chapin Road

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

10. Friday, August 7, 9-11 a.m.

Daggett Middle School

1108 Carlock St.

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

11. Tuesday, August 11, 9-11 a.m.

Dan Dipert CTE Center

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Arlington

2201 Browning Drive, Arlington

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

12. Friday, August 14, 9-11 a.m.

J.P. Elder Middle School

709 NW 21st St.

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

13. Thursday, August 20, 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: South Fort Worth

Christ Lutheran Church

4409 Sycamore School Road

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

14. Friday, August 21, 9-11 a.m.

Meacham Middle School

3600 Weber St.

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

15. Thursday, August 27, 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: South Fort Worth

Christ Lutheran Church

4409 Sycamore School Road

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

16. Friday, August 28, 9-11 a.m.

William James Middle School

1101 Nashville Ave.

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

17. Tuesday, September 1, 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Haltom City

The Wisdom Center

4051 Denton Highway, Haltom City

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

18. Friday, September 4, 9-11 a.m.

McClung Middle School

3000 Forest Ave.

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

19. Tuesday, September 15, 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Haltom City

The Wisdom Center

4051 Denton Highway, Haltom City

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

For the complete Tarrant Area Mobile Food Pantry Schedule, visit https://www.tafb.org/wp-content/uploads/mobile/mobile-pantry-schedule.pdf.

Other food resources are also available:

INSIDE FWISD BRIEFS

EDITOR'S NOTE: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening around the District.

Paschal Student Honored with Youth Leadership Award

Congratulations to Paschal High School’s Will Lourcey, the 2020 Youth Leadership Award winner for Sister Cities International.

Will was recognized for outstanding community work, according to Fort Worth Sister Cities International. He founded the nonprofit FROGs (Friends Reaching Our Goals) which “mobilizes youth to make positive change in communities and advocate for the hungry and for youth volunteerism,” the Fort Worth Sister Cities International stated in a recent Facebook post. He also serves on the board of the Fort Worth Sister Cities youth organization, Fort Worth Youth International.

The award was announced during the Sister Cities International annual conference, held virtually July 8-9. Additionally, Fort Worth Sister Cities International was named the “Best Sister Cities Program in the Nation,” during the conference, and Will accepted the award on the organization’s behalf. This is the 10th time in the organization’s 35-year history to earn the Best Sister Cities honor.

Monnig MS Author Shares Message of Encouragement on Local, National Stages

Twelve-year-old author Jiles Clark, a Monnig Middle School student, was recently featured on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” and the focus of a recent “Wake Up to Something Good” segment on NBC 5 (KXAS).

Recently, he released “Never Give Up,” a 28-page motivational book that encourages readers to overcome adversity with positive thinking and to keep fighting despite hard times. A portion of the book proceeds will go the nonprofit Book Angel.

“If you need it, you can just whip it out and read it when you need to for encouragement,” Jiles told NBC 5.

He is currently writing his second book “Be Yourself.”

Click here to view Jiles’ interview with Kelly Clarkson, and don’t forget to check out the “Wake Up to Something Good” segment.

COVID-19 Saliva Testing Pilot Launches At J.P. Elder MS

The City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County launched a pilot program this week at J.P. Elder Middle School, offering a free COVID-19 saliva test to residents.

About 300 tests are available per day. Residents can register for tests online at covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com or by calling 817-248-6299. Bilingual personnel are available to assist patients at the site.

City officials say “the testing site’s location in north Fort Worth addresses the need for more COVID-19 testing in the county’s Hispanic communities and specifically in the 76106 ZIP code.”

“Readily available testing with timely results plays a critical role in our continued efforts to prioritize public health and keep Fort Worth’s economy open,” Mayor Betsy Price said in a recent statement released by the city. “This saliva testing pilot program is a great opportunity to provide accessible testing alternatives to our residents to help slow the spread of COVID-19, while also increasing testing capacity in an area with increased positive cases.”

Click here for additional information.

UIL Announces Modified Calendar, COVID-19 Guidelines

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has modified its 2020-2021 activities calendar and COVID-19 guidelines.

On Tuesday, the UIL announced that athletics in Conferences 1A-4A may begin practices August 3, with competition play starting between August 10 and 27, depending on the sport. Conferences 5A and 6A can start practicing September 7 with competition play beginning between September 7 and 24, depending on the sport. Conference 1A-4A state championships for team tennis and volleyball are slated for November, while teams will compete for state titles in cross country and football in December. Class 5A and 6A state championships for team tennis are slated for November, followed by cross country and volleyball in December and football in January 2021.

Marching band may begin performing contest show visual/ marching curriculum September 7 with region, area and state competitions slated for December.

COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines offering guidance for face coverings, individuals testing positive or exposed to coronavirus, congregate settings, practice and rehearsal activities, spectators, media and concession stands was also modified, according to the UIL. Officials with the UIL said the modified guidelines are “implemented along with TEA guidance.”

“Our goal in releasing this plan is to provide a path forward for Texas students and schools,” UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said in a statement Tuesday. “While understanding situations change and there will likely be interruptions that will require flexibility and patience, we are hopeful this plan allows students to participate in the education-based activities they love in a way that prioritizes safety and mitigates risk of COVID-19 spread.”

For more information, click here.

TCU Researchers Partner with FWISD on Project Improving Communities Using GIS Data

Researchers at Texas Christian University will work with Fort Worth ISD educators and students to improve their communities using Geographic Information System (GIS) data.

The researchers will work with teachers and students at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA and Paschal High School at completing a pilot that collects data and feedback for solving community issues using GIS. The National Science Foundation is funding the work.

For more details, check out this recent TCU Magazine article.

TXU Energy Partners with Comp-U-Dopt and Fort Worth ISD to Bridge the Digital Divide

TXU Energy and Comp-U-Dopt are partnering with Fort Worth ISD to give families computers before the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. Two hundred fifty pre-selected families without computers in their homes from Jacquet, William James, and Leonard middle schools will receive devices, free of charge, at a contactless drive-through event.

“TXU Energy is passionate about giving back to the people of Fort Worth, and there is no better way to do that than investing in opportunities for our students,” said Brad Watson, TXU Energy community affairs senior director. “As the pandemic continues to change the education landscape, it’s put a glaring spotlight on an ugly reality; students without access to a home computer are being left behind. By partnering with Comp-U-Dopt and Fort Worth ISD, TXU Energy is committed to creating a better experience for families in the fall.”

Computer recipients are selected randomly through an online lottery. The refurbished laptops include the Windows 10 operating system, two years of technical support, and information on free and low-cost internet options, all furthering efforts to bridge the digital gap for FWISD students.

While 250 families will be served at this distribution event, Comp-U-Dopt has distributed over 11,000 computers nationally over the past four months. Founded in 2007, Comp-U-Dopt offers children equal access to education and opportunity via computers and project-based afterschool programming.

Census Takers Gearing Up for Home Visits

Census takers will soon make visits to households where the 2020 Census has not been completed to ensure everyone in homes are counted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Households that have not completed the Census will receive reminder postcards to do so this week ahead of census taker visits.

The confidential 2020 Census may be completed online, by phone or mail. Households are encouraged to complete the Census online at 2020Census.gov, by phone in English or 12 other languages at 844-330-2020 or via mail.

Nearly 60 non-English language guides and videos are available on 2020Census.gov for completing the survey.

Residents may request a return visit if a census taker visits their home that does not speak their language, according to the City of Fort Worth. If no one is home when a census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice confirming their visit and information for completing the 2020 Census online by phone or mail.

City officials say census workers will wear a valid identification badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date, They may also have Census Bureau bags and other materials with the bureau’s logo visible.

Click here for more details.

Volunteers Needed for City-wide Road to Readiness Events August 1

Help a Fort Worth child prepare for the 2020-2021 academic year. Volunteer sign-up is underway for drive-up Road to Readiness carnivals slated for August 1 at various locations around the city.

Energetic volunteers are needed for 2-hour shifts between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Road to Readiness carnivals, hosted by the Best Place for Kids initiative and Read Fort Worth, will offer families information technology support, free community resources, food, fun and school readiness bags for pre-kindergarten to third grade aged children.

To volunteer, visit https://bestplace4kids.com/volunteer-community-hub/

Registration for Back to School Roundup Open Until Friday

Pre-registration for the 16th annual Tarrant County Back to School Roundup event concludes Friday.

Families may preregister for free school supplies and backpacks that will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 7 at a drive-through event at the Tarrant County College South campus. This year’s drive-through event is condensed to prevent coronavirus spread and practice social distancing. Families must preregister to receive a voucher that admits them into the event.

Qualifications for the free supplies include:

  • Valid photo identification
  • Proof of Tarrant County residency (May, June or July 2020 utility bill with the applicant’s name and address)
  • Proof of income (must meet 2020 federal income poverty guidelines)

The annual Back to School Roundup is a collaborative effort of the county, 20 area public school districts, the City of Fort Worth, public health department, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and volunteers. The one-stop event offers approximately 10,000 underserved Tarrant County school-aged children, ages 3-18, free school supplies, backpacks and additional community resources.

Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and Mayor Betsy Price are slated to participate in the August 7 event.

Pre-register today at backtoschoolroundup.org.

City, Salvation Army Open Cooling Stations

With sizzling temperatures outdoors summer, the Salvation Army and City of Fort Worth have opened cooling stations, offering people a place to beat the heat and hydrated.

Fort Worth’s Andrew ‘Doc’ Session (201 S. Sylvania Ave.) and Sycamore (2525 E. Rosedale St.) community centers are operating as cooling stations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visits are limited to one hour per person daily, according to city officials. Temperature checks and screening questions will be given to people visiting the cooling stations.

The Salvation Army has opened three cooling station locations in Tarrant County, some of which offer bottled water and boxed fans.

They are:

  • The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Social Service Center, 1855 E. Lancaster Ave., Wednesday: 9am-11am; 2pm-4pm (the location includes an outdoor cooling station)
  • Northside Community Center, 3023 NW 24th St., Wednesday: 11am-2pm
  • Arlington, 712 W. Abram St., Arlington, Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Between uses, areas will be cleaned frequently.

Both the city and Salvation Army are enforcing extra safety and sanitizing measures to prevent coronavirus spread. Patrons and staff must wear masks and practice social distancing.

Kroger Backpack Booster Drive Underway

Kroger is collecting donations through July 28 that will go toward purchasing school supplies for Fort Worth ISD students and other North Texas and Louisiana school children for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Kroger shoppers in North Texas and Louisiana can donate $1, $3 or $5 when checking out or $7.99 that will go toward a pre-packaged Backpack Boosters school supply kit including pencils, markers, notebook papers and other classroom essentials.

Through its Backpack Boosters drive, Kroger hopes to ensure thousands of students start the upcoming academic year prepared to succeed academically.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

CDC Tips on Properly Wearing A Cloth Mask

FWISD Partners With Virtual Care For Kids To Offer Students Telehealth Services

In efforts to reduce COVID-19 spread, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with Virtual Care for Kids to offer students and their families telehealth services.

Students can see a Texas-based pediatrician within minutes from home virtually via computer, smartphone or tablet for urgent care services including minor colds, the flu, sore throat, cough, ear concerns, headaches, sinus or allergy issues or pink eye. Additionally, Virtual Care for Kids is offering coronavirus screening and testing in English and Spanish. Visit https://urgentcarekids.com/fwisd/ to register for services.

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  • Teaching Techniques: Blended Learning
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  • Time Management: Working From Home

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Interested? Go to the link https://bit.ly/2K7c685 to request access to LinkedIn Learning. It may ask you to log in to active directory when clicking on the link.

A limited number of LinkedIn Learning licenses available; licenses will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Questions? Email Classified Learning at aracely.chavez@fwisd.org.

Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees

FinPath Offers FWISD Employees Tips For Managing Finances During Pandemic

FinPath, an employer-paid workplace benefit, is offering Fort Worth ISD employees financial wellness tips, coaching and resources for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launched by the District last fall, FinPath offers employees tips for managing finances and much more. Recent webinars and courses offered by the service have included “Dealing with the Financial Shock of COVID-19” and “Breaking Down the CARES Act and What It Means To You.”

Not using FinPath yet? Click here to activate your account.

For more details on FinPath, visit the FWISD Employee Benefits Portal and click on the Financial Wellness tab.

P-EBT Online Application Extended

The online application deadline for P-EBT has been extended to July 31, 2020.

P-EBT is for children 5-18 years old who received SNAP food benefits for the month of March 2020 and children up to 21 years old who were certified for free or reduced-price meals at school in Texas during the 2019-20 school year. Children that attend a school that offers free meals to all students (Community Eligibility Provision or CEP) are also eligible. Click here for more details.

Blue Zones Health and Food Resources

Since March, Blue Zones Project has responded to the COVID-19 crisis offering immediate resources for local communities in regards to health and food access.

Recently, the organization offered beginner gardeners ideas on easy starter plants to grow and making your next 10 years your best.

Check out more ways Blue Zones Project is working with local agencies to support Fort Worth residents here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Check www.fwisd.org/forward regularly for District updates on Return to School and virtual learning

Follow COVID-19 updates from the City of Fort Worth at fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19/

FWISD “Meals To Go,” Available from Noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays

Online Pre-K/ Kindergarten Registration Currently Underway

Online Registration Underway

Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice Late Applications being accepted

Unidos Para Aprender, 7 to 8 a.m. Monday- Friday on UniMas 49

Racial Equity Chat: Culturally Relevant Teaching Practices in the Classroom, July 23

Fort Worth ISD >> Adelante – Asambleas Generales Virtuales, 27 Julio

FWISD Family Action Center Family Food Box Distribution, July 28

Fort Worth ISD >>Forward Virtual Town Hall, July 28

Best Place for Kids Road To Readiness Events, August 1

Tarrant County Back to School Roundup, August 7

Open Enrollment for Employee Benefits begins, Continues through August 21

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